The best of the golden age crime writers, praised by all the top modern writers in the field including P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers created the immortal Lord Peter Wimsey.
In his eighth appearance (and the second book featuring Harriet Vane), he solves a murder on a deserted English beach. With an introduction by Elizabeth George.
A young woman falls asleep on a deserted beach and wakes to discover the body of a man whose throat has been slashed from ear to ear...
The young woman is the celebrated detective novelist Harriet Vane, once again drawn against her will into a murder investigation in which she herself could be a suspect. Lord Peter Wimsey is only too eager to help her clear her name.
©1932 The Trustees of Anthony Fleming (deceased) (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
"She combined literary prose with powerful suspense, and it takes a rare talent to achieve that. A truly great storyteller." (Minette Walters)
I love the Lord Peter Wimsey books and listening to them could be a real treat if it wasn't for the awful reader. She misses commas, mispronounces words and overall sometimes makes it hard to understand what she is reading. Her French accent has been learned from a computer and she doesn't know what she is saying! Please, please have someone else read these gorgeous books, someone with a more pleasant voice who can actually read? I've got three books read by her and I'm not getting more, not because of the stories - they are fab, that goes without saying - but because of that unpleasant, sharp voice and the total lack of understanding what she's reading.
The book is narrated in a lifeless monotone. Characterisation is particularly poor and and conversational passages are utterly dreadful.
Wimsey is not well served by this joyless rendition.
The narrator. Why would you have a female narrator for a male lead? Her accent is forced and annoying. A lot of the nuances of the story are lost because of the narration.
Wimsey but not the way it's read.
The story but not the voice
This is a wonderful story and I would buy it again with someone else reading it
Not my favourite of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels, but a good tale and an important point in the Peter/Harriet story. It is generally well read and Jane McDowell has a good voice for the story. I question the wisdom of reading out every letter in the ciphered document, which gets very tedious to listen to. Also, there are a few excruciating mispronunciations, not just of names (e.g. Bredon) but ordinary words like "mischievous". I'm not sure I will listen to it more than once.
the relationship between Wimsey and Harriet
five red herrings, both very complicated plots
do you believe her?
I've always liked the Peter Wimsey series and never liked Ian Carmichael's reading (he mumbles too much). So this new set of recordings delights me. The narrator has a pleasant clear deep voice and manages all the voices and accents well. She is a pleasure to listen to.
I remember reading this story many, many years ago and not liking it much but as an audiobook it is probably one of my favourites so far. I did remember the solution (well, the trick of the solution) but nothing else about it.
I enjoyed the interplay between Harrriet and Peter and I know there is more in Gaudy Night.
Just for the record, I fail to find fault with a woman reading a book with a male protagonist if it is done well and in this series it is done very well.
Full marks, Audible, and keep them coming.
The story of this book was advertised as Harriet Vane waking up on a beach and finding a dead body at the side of her. She is accused of the murder and Lord Peter Wimsey arrives to prove her innocent. That is all absolutely untrue. She wakes up and walks for ten minutes before she finds a body and the police never seriously suspect her of murder. So this audio book was sold under false pretences. The story is rambling and full of unnecessary, boring detail. Not impressed and not what I expected.
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